• Business and Information Technology


    The Marlborough High School Business and Information Technology department provides meaningful semester-long learning experiences that actively engage a wide variety of interests. We challenge students to be continuous lifelong learners of business, the economy, and information technology. 

    Through the MHS Business and IT department, students have the opportunity to join the Business Professionals of America (BPA) club. This group competes statewide and nationally for honors and recognition associated with the field of business. In addition, eligible seniors and juniors can be inducted into the Marlborough HIgh School chapter of the National Business Honors Society.

     

    ENTREPRENEURSHIP I 

     The focus of this course is the “business of business.” The entrepreneurship course is designed to introduce students to what is needed to start a simple business. The controlling functions, accounting, finance, marketing, human resource management, - as well as legal and economic considerations – are all applied. Students will develop an understanding of what it means to be an entrepreneur and how they can use their unique skills and talents to start a small business venture. Topics covered include the characteristics of an entrepreneur, discovering entrepreneurial opportunities, and researching and analyzing domestic, global, and market trends.

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

     FUNDAMENTALS OF MARKETING (I)

     Introduction to marketing; survey of topics relevant to comprehensive study of marketing. Emphasis on describing the marketing process and on stressing the implications of these activities for society.

     Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIES (II)

     Technology is at the center of many valuable marketing tools and practices. For example, marketers commonly use social media, such as Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram; and with various technologies, new approaches and principles have emerged, such as permission marketing and inbound marketing. New types, and increased amounts, of data associated with consumer use of technologies has made marketing analytics vital to effective decision making and performance diagnostics and evaluation (e.g., ROI). It is extremely important for marketers to understand how to effectively use these technologies, leverage new approaches and principles, and understand how to analyze and leverage associated data.  

    PREREQUISITE: Fundamentals of  Marketing (I)

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING  

    Sports and Entertainment Marketing is a unique and innovative course designed for students with an interest in the sports and entertainment industry. This course stresses the utilization of fundamental marketing concepts and will include an orientation to the sports and entertainment industry. Marketing strategies along with topics in sponsorship, pricing, marketing research, endorsements, and promotions will be part of this course. The course will develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills through real world applications. Students will be prepared to handle specific tasks associated with either industry. This course offers students an edge if pursuing marketing or sports management degrees on the collegiate level. Guest speakers, case studies, field trips, videos and computer integrated activities will be incorporated into the class. 

    PREREQUISITE: Intro to Marketing

    Semester course: 2 Credits 

     

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY I

    Information Technology is a project-based class which utilizes tools such as Microsoft Office and Google Docs & Apps, to reinforce basic computer skills. This inquiry based, problem-solving approach will be merged with the technical requirements for properly formatted business style documents, to prepare students for the digital and business world.   During this course students will learn responsible use of technology such as communicating effectively online, security and privacy issues, and acceptable use policies; how to access online resources efficiently using various search techniques. In conjunction with the guidance department, career investigation with the online career planning tools such as Naviance are included in this course.

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY II

    This project-based class will provide students with appropriate skills for technology based communications. Current topics in technology, such as cyber security, augmented vs virtual reality, machine learning, smart technology, Nomophobia (the pathological fear of remaining out of touch with technology) will be incorporated into class projects. Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs & Apps will be used to solve a variety of spreadsheet and database problems that are likely to be encountered in both the workplace and in the personal life of an individual. HTML/coding and WYSIWYG software will be explored for the purposes of website development. Projects utilizing graphic arts, and layout and design will be developed for the purpose of marketing in school/home and community events using a variety of media platforms such as flyers, posters, video products, audacity, and social media platforms.

    PREREQUISITE: Information Technology  

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING (I)

    Accounting is the language of business, and students need this introductory course in the principles of accounting to prepare for further education or for employment. Problems will be completed both manually and on the computer. After the accounting cycle is presented, students will be able to analyze financial transactions and record them in journals, post to the ledger, and prepare financial statements. Payroll systems will be covered, and the student will become familiar with Excel software. 

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (II)

    Students will make entries in the combination journals and subsidiary ledgers, prepare an eight-column worksheet along with adjusting and closing entries. Special journals, sales tax, bad debts, depreciation, notes, accrued revenues and accrued expenses will be introduced. In addition, payroll systems will be reviewed, and the student will advance with Excel software.

    PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Accounting 

    Semester course: 2 Credits

     

    PRINCIPLES OF PERSONAL FINANCE

    This course for juniors and seniors is oriented towards financial literacy in today’s economy. Students will become familiarized with the fundamental concepts of personal finance topics such as developing a financial plan, saving and investing, credit cards, loans, and retirement planning. Students will also explore economic concepts that include supply & demand, inflation, unemployment, gross domestic product, and market structures.

    Semester course: 2 Credits